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John E.
Finnegan

  • Celebration of Life on Saturday, June 26th at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, 12300 W. Janesville Rd.  from 10:30am-2pm
  • Memorial Service on Saturday, June 26th at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, at 2pm

Finnegan, John E.

On June 8th, the Patriarch of our family, John E. Finnegan passed away into the arms of Jesus. He was larger than life and will be sorely missed, not only by family, but all of the close friends he has met through his storied life. John was born in Milwaukee in to Margaret and John Finnegan. He is survived by his wife Judie of 53 years. He is further survived by his sister Mary Ryan, sons Sean (Michelle), Ryan (Karen) and 3 grandchildren Ian, Evan and Emma, nieces, nephews, godchildren and other treasured family and friends. John was a proud 31-year veteran of the Milwaukee Police Department, as a patrol officer, detective and arson investigator. Also, a founding member and President of the Greater Milwaukee Fire & Police Pipes and Drums and Emerald Society of Wisconsin, and an avid volunteer Driver at Irish Fest.

A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, June 26, 2021, with visitation to begin at 10:30am until time of memorial service at 2pm at Hales Corners Lutheran Church, 12300 W. Janesville Road, Hales Corners. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to Hales Corners Church or the Milwaukee Police Historical Society.  https://www.hcl.org/   https://www.mphswi.org/

 

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9 Comments

  1. Brooke Adams June 11, 2021 at 4:01 pm - Reply

    It has been many years since I saw John however I always remember him as amazingly jovial. His smile went on for miles and his love for his family was intense.
    Sending my love to Judie and the rest of the family.

  2. Some One June 13, 2021 at 9:43 pm - Reply

    I only met John a few years ago, but his humor, humility, and guidance will be missed dearly. Once I got to know him, it was clear that he was a special person. But for me, it was because of how much he reminded me of my late father. His dry sense of humor and sly up-to-no-good look was my favorite !! Also I felt that I could make him laugh in much the same way. It is unfortunate that I never told him this in person…. I guess this will have to do…
    My sincerest condolences to the entire Finnegan family…

  3. DONALD H. PINSKER June 14, 2021 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I WORKED WITH JOHN FINNEGAN DURING MY ABBREVIATED 18 YEAR CAREER BEFORE RETURNING TO BROADCAST ENGINEERING. I ALSO SPOKE TO JOHN ON MULTIPLE OCCASIONS SINCE, ABOUT THE OFFICERS WE WORKED WITH AND WHO PASSED AWAY EARLY. AS I READ THE MILWAUKEE POLICE WEB SITE THIS MORNING FROM LAS VEGAS, I WAS ASTOUNDED TO SEE JOHN’S NAME. MY SINCERE CONDOLENCES TO HIS FAMILY,. JOHN WAS AN OUTSTANDING HUMAN BEING, AND A PLEASURE TO WORK WITH.

  4. G Irizarry June 15, 2021 at 4:05 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to the family of John E. Finnegan on his recent passing.
    Even thou it’s been years since I have run into him, John was always a decent person to talk to or work with over the years at MPD.
    John is on a new journey in life with his bag pipes and can now rest in peace. His service to the City of Milwaukee should never be forgotten even thou his life ended too early.
    I remember John as one of those co-workers that was always available to give advice or direction to young officers and detectives that worked with him. He was a class act in law enforcement and will be missed by all who knew him and worked with him.
    May God bless the entire Finnegan family during these times now and in the future and never forget the memories your family shared with John E Finnegan.
    G. Irizarry

  5. John and Judy Blakney June 16, 2021 at 7:36 pm - Reply

    Dear Judie and family, so very sorry to hear of John’s passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy. It has been too many years since we have connected.
    We have great memories of our times together.

  6. Jim Henner June 17, 2021 at 11:50 am - Reply

    Dear Judie and family, you have my sincere sympathy in the passing of your husband, father, brother and more. I first met John when we were rookie policemen in the MPD Training School in 1967. Our careers crossed many times throughout the years in the MPD culminating with our working together on the arson squad as detectives. Me and my family also joined with him in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day many times at the VFW post on W. Grange Ave, John was a remarkable person and he will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
    May he rest in peace.

  7. Don Lang June 23, 2021 at 3:20 pm - Reply

    My sympathy to the Finnegan family. Its been a long time since I last saw John. I remember working with him on squad patrol at the old # 1 district back in the 60s on one of his first days on the job.. He was very easy to get along with. I last saw him at a MRPA meeting where he played the Bag pipes. R I P John and again deepest sympathy to his family.

  8. Stanley Olsen June 26, 2021 at 11:49 am - Reply

    My sincere condolences to the Finnegan family. John was my first partner when I was first assigned to the Detective Bureau. An awesome very talented man and partner. Very talented with the bagpipes….he made it look so simple….but they are not….still on my bucket list. Rest my brother, for we shall meet again one day.

  9. Todd Haltaufderheid June 28, 2021 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    Todd Haltaufderheid, iAAI-CFI. Past SIU with AMFAM. To the Finnegan family. I am so sorry for your loss and pray that John has found comfort in the arms of his Lord. I had no idea he had passed.. John and I were good friends while at AMFAM and even after he left. So many good memory of our time together.

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